Community Gave Leila Fowler's Brother Hugs & Love for Weeks Before He Was Arrested for Her Murder

Leila FowlerPolice in Calaveras County, California made an arrest of a 12-year-old boy over the weekend. They say he killed 8-year-old Leila Fowler, his own sister, in her bedroom back on April 27. It's news that has shocked a nation. The death of a child is already fraught with confusion. Now we add a suspected child killer, a brother killing his sister. 

And neighbors in Valley Springs, California are left to think ... what?

There's relief this week. Of course. For two weeks the community has lived in fear of a killer on the loose, a killer who they feared would break into their homes and murder their precious children.

An arrest means the threat is gone. Their children are safe.

And yet, knowing the identity of the alleged killer means anything but, doesn't it?

Their children have brushed elbows with a boy who -- if charges are to be believed -- killed his own sister. More than that, he is charged with stealing her life away not with a quick shot of a gun but with the brutality of a stabbing. And then lying about it all, saying that there was a man in their house.

This boy played with the kids in his community.

He accepted neighbors' comfort at the community vigils.

He walked among them.

He put on a show.

As a parent, it's our job to worry about our own kids. But it never stops there. We always look outward, at the kids our own kids are interacting with. How they affect our kids is among our biggest worries. Is my kid going to be swept into bad behavior? Is my kid being influenced?

We worry too that what other kids are doing could be a sign of what our own are up to. Is my kid really thinking that? Could my kid do that?

The boy's grief-stricken mom Priscilla Rodriquez told reporters that her son would never hurt his sister. But if the cops are right, he did more than that. He killed her. And their mother didn't even know.

Even as we feel comfort in knowing that the killer of this little girl seems to be off the streets away from our own kids, it's impossible not to put yourself in Rodriquez' shoes today too.

What was your first thought on hearing the boy had been arrested?


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Melan... MelanieJK

Isn't that too young to even consider charging as an adult?    Pray the system knows how to fix him before they release him when he's 18. 

worki... workingmama86

I had a feeling it was him all along. None of what he said made any sense to me. He's obviously dealing with demons in his head, and sadly his sister was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I hope the justice system keeps him locked up for good... I don't think he's a case that could be "fixed"... just my opinion though! 

Edie969 Edie969

if he is charged he will get out at 25 yrs old.. yes hope they can help him if he is found guilty we don't have all the facts...

Rosamond Marie Yarborough

Just wondering how a 12 yr old got away with it for so long. Most 12 yr old boys i know are not exactly stealthy and poker faced.

cali-... cali-veras

In California, you can not be tried as an adult unless you have reached age 14, he will be allowed his freedom on his 23rd birthday. I agree with the previous poster that a child so young who can pull off this kind of a cherade, retuning to attend school, a benefit car wash, all the while that little smirk on his face... has to be under the infuence of some kind of hypnotic drug..or he is a textbook sociopath. RIP Leila

nonmember avatar Concerned

I think his parents are involved. Banking up money knowing their son would be out at 25 and also Listen to the 911 recording the step mom says the kids are fine and the daughter is freaked out hhhmmm I know one of the first response and the brother was telling them to stop trying to revive her she's gone wtf. I don't know. And all of the. family friends aren't around backing them anymore. Why do you feel they are guilty as well hhhmm an who goes and pays 100 bucks to get their hair done data after your step daughter was brutally murdered is what the hell I want to know

nonmember avatar penny lane

Innocent untIll proven guIlty!!!! remember!! everythIng that people are readIng and commentIng Is just speculatIon & what they thInk they know!! As for the comment about theIr frIends & famIly not standIng by the fowlers, u need to get some get rIght and talk about what u know about because I AM A FAMILY FRIEND WHO LOVES ALL OF THE FOWLER FAMILY & I STAND BY THEM NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME IS!!

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